When it comes to city breaks, Venice and Rome are two of the most romantic, interesting, cultural and historical cities you can choose to visit, but neither of them are renowned for being cheap and cheerful. It is possible to have a cheap city break in either of these two amazing Italian cities however, if you plan carefully and follow some simple suggestions.
The first big tip is to save money before you even get there, by finding a decent package deal. Companies like Co-op Travel offer great deals to both Venice and Rome throughout the year, so take your time to scout out the best deals and find the best time to go.
When it comes to booking your accommodation, it can pay to find somewhere that’s not smack bang in the centre of it all but that is still easily accessible. For example, you could choose to stay near the Vatican in Rome instead of the city centre, or you could choose to stay a short waterbus ride away from the main square in Venice, rather than right in the centre itself. Doing this will save you a considerable amount of money; just check that you can easily and cheaply access the main sights by public transport so you don’t end up spending on taxis all the money that you saved.
Eating out in both of these cities is not cheap, but you can make it cheaper. The rule of thumb is that if it’s a restaurant in a bustling, touristy square, you’re probably going to pay through the nose. What’s more, the food may not be all that authentic. Find the best bargains and the tastiest Italian food by exploring side streets and eating where the locals are. If you’re on a whistle stop tour, do your research beforehand and find out where previous visitors have found the best value food. Fill up on big slices of pizza from café style vendors rather than eating posh three course meals each time and you’ll save a pretty penny too.
When it comes to seeing the sights, a good way to make sure you get the most from your money is to pre-book tours and day trips in this country, so you know you’re not getting ripped off. If you’ve already paid in advance it makes it easier to manage your money once you’re in Rome or Venice too.